Window 09 – 2013

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Hidden behind window 9 was…

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A small chocomania shower cream.
And 20% of one of the seasons body butter.

The shower gel is perfect bag size, together with the small chocomania body butter this might make its way into my gym bag.
I love the scent if the chocomania products, rich chocolate that feels really luxurious. I usually use these at home for extra pampering.

The window was also a coupon for 20% of one of the seasons body butter. I might use it for a vanilla or cranberry one if I can afford it.

Ciao

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Home Spa! Home Spa!

Now when Fall is here I’m starting to feel a bit gloomy, I think I might have seasonal depression, because this happens every year.
So what better way to get that chill out of your bones and get relaxed than indulge in a home spa?

In this post I’m going to include how I do my Home Spa days, but also how to satisfy all five senses during the experience.

I prefer having a bathtub available. If my fiancé ever suggests getting rid of our bathtub he’s crazy!

Pre-Spa day/night

Plan your spa day.
(this is prefferably done the day before)

Take a shower
Wash your hair and body the day before so you can focus on pampering yourself with treatments on the actual day.

Clean your bathtub/shower.

Scrub your tub and/or shower so they are clean and nice for your spa day.
Soaking in a tub that feels dirty is not a nice experience, and watching dirt on the shower walls are disturbing to the calm.

Remove clutter from the areas you’re going to use.
It’s easier to relax if the bathroom, bedroom, livingroom or other areas you’ll use are’nt cluttered.

Make sure you have everything you need/want.
Discovering in the middle of your spa night that you’re missing a drink, a snack, a product or anything else you’s want can annoying. Depending on what your missing it can also ruin your spa experience

Make sure you get the time you need for yourself.
If you have kids, see if you can find a babysitter.
See if your partner can leave the appartment/house or just make sure not to disturb you.
Turn of your cellphone, or at least put it on silent.

Remember, this day/night is for your relaxation.

Now on to the preparations you can do the same day

Prepare what your going to use/need
Take out the shower gel, body scrub, facial masks, hair treatments, a bath robe and other products you might want to use during the day.
This is so you won’t have to run all around your home in search for them.

Prepare snacks
Fresh fruit, wine, chocolate, anything you might want to eat or drink

Now on to the actual spa day.

Decide yourself what treatments you want to give yourself. This is the ones I usually do.

A relaxing Bath
Hair Treatment
Facial Mask
Body Scrub
Manicure
Pedicure
Massage*                       *If my fiancé feels nice that day

Relaxing Bath
-Start by drawing a nice relaxing bath.
-Light some candles in your clean, clutterfree bathroom
-Start some relaxing music
-Put some nice scented oil, bath salt or bath foam in the water. Or even coconut milk, helps smoothen the skin really well.
-Slobber a hair treatment on your hair and leave it on while you soak.
-Massage a facial mask on your face and leave on while you soak.

Soak for at least half an hour, nibbling on some snacks or sipping on a drink.

When done soaking, let the water out, start the shower and rinse the treatments of your hair and face, then take a nice body scrub and scrub your entire body. Then wash your body and dry off. Then put on your bathrobe and move on to the next part.

If you don’t have a shower, put the mask and treatment in and just listen to music or read a book by candlelight. Then take a nice long shower.

Pedicure
Soak your feet in a footbath, preferably with a foot salt for 5-10 minutes while listening to music, reading och wathing a movie.
take your feet out of the water and scrub them with a footfile and/or a foot scrub before returning them to the water for a little longer.
Dry your feet and massage in a foot lotion. Decide yourself how much you massage it in, but remember that the feet carries the rest of you the entire day, so they deserve some attention.
Take a cuticle pusher and push back the cuticles on your toes and massage in a cuticle oil and a cuticle cream, let that sink in, there’s no need to rush.
If you feel like it, paint your toenails or just buff them up with a shine file. Remember to use a base and top coat to make the polish last longer.
When you’re done painting just put your feet up end relax.

Manicure
File and shape your nails to a length and shape you feel comfortable with, then soak your fingers in some soapy or milky water.
Wash the soap of your hands and dry them on a nice towel before massaging in a hand cream.
Push back your soft cuticles and thoroughly massage in a cuticle oil and a cuticle cream on each nail.
Choose a happy nail polish and paint your nails, or just use a shine file to get a nice shine on them.

Massage
This is the slightly tricky part. You can give yourself a massage but it is not as nice as getting one from someone else.
Sometimes my fiancé is nice when I have my spa days and gives me a massage after I’m done, either full body or just back and shoulders. Otherwise I just massage my shoulders a little by myself.

After you’re done with all your treatments, don’t rush back to your everyday life. Put on a movie or read a book and just keep relaxing.
I myself prefer reading a book since I think that’s more relaxing than something including a screen.

 

So, how do we indulge all the senses while doing this?
Sight
De-cluttering the areas your going to use
Lighting candles to create a nice enviroment

Having tidy areas and nice lighting helps the brain relax since you wont be blinded bu strong lights ore thinking that the room needs to be cleaned
Hearing
Relaxing music.

Relaxing music during the treatments, especially the bath helps your mind relax because it won’t wander away and start thinking about what to make for dinner the next day or when the laundryroom might be free.
My personal favourite to listen to during spa days is Enya

Smell
Scented candles, bath oils or the products you use.

Relaxing smells like lavender or lemongrass helps with relaxation.
If you prefer you can also use a fruity smell like peach or if you want something more luxurious try chocolate scented products.

Touch
Warmth
Nice feeling products
Massage

The warm water loosens knots and tension to relax.
Nice feeling products feels luxurious.
The massage is relaxing, loosens knots (duh!) and human comtact makes us feel good.

Taste
Food
Drink

If you eat or drink something you like it makes you feel good because of hormons being released. But choose something light, don’t eat an entire pizza since you might fall into food coma. Some of my favorites are:

FoodI have three favourites
Fruit – It’s sweet, filled with vitamins and antioxidants
Chocolate – Does this really need an explenation, I mean, it’s chocolate.!
Brie Cheese – Brie Cheese and crackers are delicious and I don’t eat it so often so it’s more of a treat when I do.

Drink – Three choices here to
Water – Hydrating and I usually mix it with some citrusfruit.
Chai-Latté – I really enyoy my chai-lattés, so I indulge sometimes.
Wine – Just as the chocolate, no real explanation, it’s wine!

 

Now as an ending I’m going to show some of my favorite products to use for my spa nights.

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Hair treatments
Macadamia Deep Repair Mask
Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment

My alltime favourites, The Macadamia one doesn’t smell as chemical as the Lee Stafford one though, so it’s the favourite.

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Facial masks
TBS Warming Mineral Mask
TBS Vitamin E Sink In Mask

The Warming Mineral Mask is Deep Cleansing and the Vitamin E one is Moisturising

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TBS Vinyard Peach Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Body Scrub
TBS Chocomania Shower Cream, Body Butter and Body Scrub

These are the only series I have Shower Gel, Body Scrub and Lotion from, so these are the ones I usually use. I like having the same scent on all the products.
I opt for the chocolate one when I feel like a more luxurious night, but the Vinyard Peach Shower Gel works better as a bubble bath than the Chocomania Shower Cream ;P

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Shemen Amour Mineral Foot Cream

This cream is divine.

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TBS Almond, Rose and Hemp Hand butter

Usually use the Almond one as a Cuticle Cream and the Rose one as a Hand Cream

Well, this turned out to be a pretty long post, but I hope its helpfull

Ciao

 

Window Number 12 – 2012

In the twelfth window there was

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Chocomania Shower Cream – 250 ml

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I love the amount of Chocomania products in this calendar since I’ve wanted to try them for a while. So far I’ve gotten Lip Butter, Small Body Scrub and this Shower Cream. I’m hoping on some moisturizer to, either lotion or butter.

I have a small bottle of this one already and the times I’ve used it it’s been nice. I prefer using shower creams instead of gels on the days I scrub since they usually feel more moisturizing.
At first I didn’t like the chocolate scent on this range, but the scent grew on me the more I smelled it in the store. Also I just love using chocolate scented products if I do a home spa day for myself, it makes it feel so much more luxurious. The chocomania products smell more like dark chocolate than the other chocolate products I have, the other smell more like chocolate pudding.

Ciao

Window Number 8 – 2012

In the eight window there was

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Chocomania Body Scrub – 50 ml

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I haven’t triad many chocomania pruducts, but I’ve wanted to.

It smells nice and choclatey and is pretty solid and dark chocolate brown.
I’m looking forward to try this since I think that chocolate products feel much more luxurious than oother products.

The Body Shops Body Scrubs I’ve noticed have different textures, I’ve tried the Lemon and Shea one and they were soft but solid and left an oily residue on the skin. I’ve also tried the Pink Grapefruit one which were more liquid and didn’t leave an oily residue. I’m hoping this one doesn’t leave a residue. Sure it’s easy to get the oil of with showergel, but I think the skin is supposed to feel clean after scrubbing, not oily.

Ciao

Window Number 2 – 2012

Behind the Second window we have

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Chocomania Lip Butter

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Last years calendar contained a cocnut lip butter, – which I gave away and then bought a lemon one instead – I prefer the scent on this one before the coconut one.
I think the scent is best described as caramel/toffee, just not as sweet. It’s not unpleasant, I just don’t think chocolate when I smell it. But I still like it.

I think these lipbalms are pretty good. I tend not to use them so often though because they taste a bit funny.
I haven’t checked hpw long they stay on my lips without having to re-apply but they do moisturize really well.

The color is light brown and the texture is hard. It turns creamy by the heat from you finger so it’s pretty easy to apply. It leaves a slight sheen on your lips but no color at all.

Ciao